8 Ways to Turn a Sick Day into a Self Care Day

Sick day? More like self-care day.

Here are some of the ways I turn my sick days into self-care days:

1. Eat antioxidant-rich foods

When you're sick, energy can seem like a sacred and limited resource. I often find myself reminiscing over the days I took my normal energy levels for granted as I stumble out of bed and walk 10,000 miles 15 feet to the washroom outside of my bedroom door. Although caffeine is my hero 99% of the time, during these difficult hours, I find only one thing helps: nourishing my body with antioxidant-rich foods. Some of my favorites include matcha green tea, blueberries, spinach, pecans, beets and raspberries. 

2. Get more rest Get more sleep

As a millennial, I feel the need to state that sleeping is rest's smarter, faster, better-looking and performing friend. Rest to me often looks like scrolling through Instagram, replying to texts and emails, and sending Facebook messages while in bed or bundled in the comfort of my couch. As "restful" as this sounds, these activities allow for very little actual rest. Getting sleep and "resting" are two very different things. When you're sick, get a little extra of both. 

3. Hydrate

Having been told that hydration is the best way to combat viral sickness, it's no wonder that it takes the number one spot on this list. Unfortunately, the simple act of drinking water rarely makes a place in my caffeine-driven routine. So without further ado, here is a definitive list of ways to drink more water.

  • Use a straw

Try drinking water through a (glass or metal) straw. I promise you'll end up drinking way more water this way.

  • Add lemon to your water

Adding a small slice of lemon or a few drops of lemon juice to your water can make sipping that H2O a for a more pleasant, less boring experience.

  • Invest in a SodaStream

Another way to make water less boring is drinking it carbonated (fizzy). If drinking carbonated water makes you more likely to actually drink it, a SodaStream is a very worthy investment. This handy kitchen appliance pays itself off in no time -- and helps save the planet too!

4. Take a break from social media

Do you ever feel like you're still doing work online when you're just talking to friends or catching up on the latest news on social media? Same. If taking extended breaks from your phone isn't realistic due to kids, work commitments or anything else, consider putting your mobile devices on airplane mode and setting a timer for 30 minutes. Read a book, write in a journal, go for a walk...do anything that makes you feel truly "disconnected" for a while.

5. Watch or read something you've been meaning to see

It's easy to feel too busy to stop and watch a movie you've been meaning to see or read a book you've been itching to read. Once you've decided to take a day for yourself, there's no reason not to indulge in catching up on your favorite show, movies you've been waiting to see or books you've been waiting to read. Work on not feeling guilty for taking this time for yourself, and enjoy some peaceful time catching up instead.

6. Take time to do something you genuinely enjoy

Do you love to paint? Is diving into a fantasy novel your favorite pastime? There is arguably no better time than a sick self-care day to take part in those low-impact, relaxing activities that bring you joy. Is there an unfinished puzzle collecting dust in your basement? A journal you haven't touched in a while? Bring them out and enjoy some time taking part in a stress-free activity in the comfort of your own home. 

7. Consider taking a break from caffeine 

This may not be realistic for everyone. If giving up the daily cuppa joe is an unrealistic goal, opting for decaf or tea instead is a great way to force yourself to relax a little more than usual. Afterall, decaf coffee still contains trace amounts of caffeine to get you through the day!

8. Make a list of things you've been putting off

Got a handful of tasks you've been putting off? So do I. Making a list of things that need to get done on a sick self-care day can often make you feel less guilty for sitting back and resting as you have a finite list of things that need to be done once your energy levels begin to rise again. So make a list, slip into your comfiest PJ's and reeeeeelax. You've got a list for tomorrow.

With love,

Your local quarter-life crisis expert


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